Yes, Real Bourbon Lovers Do Find Pappy Van Winkle


If you’ve never succeeded in your quest for the so-called Bourbon unicorn, Pappy Van Winkle, you may be tempted to believe that it’s all just a dream.

So to debunk the myth that no “real person” ever finds Pappy Van Winkle and to encourage you to keep on with your quest, here are a few “Pappy Stories” — real-life tales of people finding the barrel of bourbon buried at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

I share them verbatim, except for a few minor edits misspelled words, etc.… Read More

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Where to Find Pappy Van Winkle — The List

Pappy Van Winkle(Last Update March 2015)

When I started this site months ago, I had a dream, albeit a humble one.

It wasn’t to change the world, but rather to find a tasty corn elixir distilled in Kentucky named Pappy Van Winkle.

I had read an article about it, by a guy, a sportswriter, that was also a damned good bourbon storyteller.

I already loved bourbon but had never met Pappy, but I did and liked him. At 12, he was exceptionally good, but at 20, taste-bud blowing.… Read More

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A Guy Who Knows Bourbon Talks Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle --- Always Fine Bourbon

I’m often asked who my favorite bourbon writer is.

No. That’s actually BS. No one has ever asked me that. But if they did I’d tell them this guy — Chuck Cowdery.

Now I am not saying my favorite bourbon storyteller. That would be Wright Thompson and this would be one of my favorite bourbon stories ever. Or maybe this one.

And of course, this is the one that introduced me to the Best Bourbon in the World, Pappy Van Winkle.… Read More

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Here’s One More Pappy Story

My last PVW November 2012
My last PVW November 2012

Many weeks go by, and last week a friend in a city 45 min away texts me a picture of some Colonel EH Taylor that is sitting on the shelf of the bottle shop around the block from him. I had been hunting for some CEHT Barrel Proof and the $73 price was the cheapest I had ever seen.

I call the shop, talk to the owner, and tell him to put aside both bottles for me and I’d drive up the next morning to pick them up.

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